Friday is a holy day for Muslims. We took this opportunity to take the poor man's cruise up the Bosphorus Straight. This magical ferry ride passes mosques, palaces and fishing villages on its way to Anadolu Kavağı; which is the final fishing village before the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. Once there it was a bit of a hike (understatement) to the castle ruins at the top of the town where you can kick back and watch the endless stream of ships enter, and exit, the Bosphorus. The stupid tourist moment of the day was watching some lady take a picture of the "no photographs allowed" sign while we passed through the military base!
We are developing some skill with the transportation system that includes ferries, trams, buses and cable cars. Yesterday we took a bus to a ferry, a ferry to a cable car, then a cable car to Peri Loti where we sipped tea as we looked out on the Golden Horn. Afterwards we wandered downhill through a fascinating cemetery to the Eyup Mosque which is considered a pilgrimage site. This area wasn't very touristy so we know we saw a young boy dressed like a sultan in his ceremonial pre-circumcision costume, but we are only guessing the the delicious candies we were offered were blessed. Nonetheless, we felt like we were part of something special.
Another excellent day that ended with Turkish ice cream.
You are always in our prayers. Love Mom